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The words Oxford Dictionary have long stood for ultimate authority in the English language. Now students and general readers can get the some thoroughness, precision, and certainty in the long-awaited OXFORD AMERICAN DICTIONARY, the first modern paperbound dictionary to lay down the law on correct grammar Hundreds of notes on usage clarify grammatical points and words that are easily confused: Should you use chairperson or chairwoman? Is disinterested...
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The words Oxford Dictionary have long stood for ultimate authority in the English language. Now students and general readers can get the some thoroughness, precision, and certainty in the long-awaited OXFORD AMERICAN DICTIONARY, the first modern paperbound dictionary to lay down the law on correct grammar Hundreds of notes on usage clarify grammatical points and words that are easily confused: Should you use chairperson or chairwoman? Is disinterested an acceptable way of expressing lack of interest? Is it correct to say the media is doing anything? Can one catch a movie? The OXFORD AMERICAN DICTIONARY is completely up-to-date and establishes a firm standard for all lovers of our language.
While the dictionary follows the Oxford style and linguistic criteria, the editorial staff is headed by three eminent American lexicographers: Stuart Berg Flexner, noted for his work on American slang; Eugene Ehrlich of Columbia University, author of several books on American usage; and Gorton Carruth, former Editor-in-Chief of Funk and Wagnalls. Joyce Hawkins, who reviewed the material for the Oxford Dictionary Department, has been described in newspapers throughout the world as "the lady lexicographer who has declared a one-woman war on sloppy English."
This new member of the Oxford family of dictionaries has been prepared especially for those who need a compact, upto-date guide to American English. It contains words and phrases likely to be met in reading and everyday life, including a number of slang, informal, and technical words and phrases. Names of states of the United States are included, as well as state capitals, terms used to designate the people of each state, and names of the provinces of Canada. Names of the countries of the world, including those not yet well known, are also given, as are names of the capital cities and the terms used to designate the people of each country.
We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to members of the Oxford Dictionary Department of the Oxford University Press for assistance of various kinds, particularly to Dr. John B. Sykes, Editor of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, Sixth Edition, and to Dr. Robert Burchfield, Chief Editor of the Oxford English dictionaries. We are grateful as well to members of the staff of Oxford University Press in New York, most particularly to Marjorie Mueller, Janice Lorimer, and Cecelia Carollo, for help in all stages of our work.
We wish also to express our gratitude to the many members of The Hudson Group dictionary staff who worked on the Oxford American Dictionary. In particular we wish to thank senior staff members: Ernest S. Hildebrand, Jr., Margaret Huffman, Felice Levy, Lawrence T. Lorimer, and Gloria Solomon; associate staff members: Pamela Dupuis, Mary Egner, Richard Ehrlich, Raymond V. Hand, Jr., Joan Lizzio, David H. Scott, and Katherine G. Scott; and assistant staff members: Lee Jayne Ackerman, Christopher Carruth, Hayden Carruth, Cynthia Crippen, Peggy Daly, Patricia Farewell, Sandi Frank, Mary Mattimore, Sheila McCaffrey, and Mary Racette.
Pleasantville, New YorkJune 1980
E.E., S.B.F., G.C., and J.M.H.
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